Chris Paul and Hornets Sting Lakers; Series Tied
*Chris Paul had 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held on for a 93-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2.
“It’s huge for us,” said a jubilant Paul. “We wanted to bring a win to our fans in New Orleans. Happy we got this win on Easter. Having my family here makes it more special.”
Celtics Sweep Knicks
*Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Rajon Rondo added 21 points and 12 assists, and the Boston Celtics swept their way into the Eastern Conference semifinals, holding on for a 101-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
“It’s what we expected coming in. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, obviously Games 1 and 2, but we found a way to put it away,” Rondo said. “We haven’t swept a team in a long time, so it’s good feeling.”
76ers rally to beat Heat 86-82 in Game 4
*Lou Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers proved hit a 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left to lead his team to an 86-82 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday and avoid a sweep.
Miami was 95 seconds away from winning Game 4, holding an 82-76 lead, but unfortunately LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat didn’t score again.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami.
Hawks Beat Magic for 3-1 Lead
*Joe Johnson hit four big free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Atlanta Hawks finally put away the Orlando Magic, holding on for an 88-85 victory Sunday night and a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
Jamal Crawford had another big game off the Atlanta bench, scoring 25.
“That’s what they get paid for. We rely on Joe and Jamal to get it done in tough situations,” Hawks forward Josh Smith said. “They answered the bell again.”